If you’ve ever heard of Adobe Kuler, you’d know that it’s a website that enables you to create, share and download colour harmonies for web and print. Kuler has always used a 5 colour combination and on occasion, I’ve need 4. So here are 192 colour harmonies sets, based on 4 combinations.
They are in CMYK and I’ve added keywords to define them. They are in one complete ai file because to be honest, I couldn’t be bothered setting them all up in swatches. There are 16 sets of 12 combinations each. And as a word of warning, the file uses a generic CMYK colour profile.
Here is a sample of one set of swatches per category.
Also here is a screen cap of the illustrator file itself…
Okay. Here is something I’ve wanted to do for a while. Here is 107 swatch colours sampled from high rez scans of Winsor and Newton oil colours. They were sampled in Adobe Photoshop and exported in Adobe Swatch Exchange format. This means you can import them into any graphic Adobe product inluding Flash and Illustrator. Open the swatches window and using the info panel in the swatch window, choose Load Swatches. You can download the file here.
The file is in a zip format, unpack, install and enjoy. Don’t say I never gave you anything. <smirk> Below is a screen cap from Photoshop.
Things to remember: Designers know about CMYK. They also know that as a colour gamut, it’s very small. CMYK is the colour sphere that offset and laser printers work in. On the other hand, painters work in rgb. In fact everything in the natural world works in rgb and it’s colour gamut is immense. Web designers work in rgb and they know that not all colours in rgb can be made in CMYK. Usually you loose the intensity and brightness when you convert and in some cases, there are significant colour shifts.
So how does this apply to the 107 pigment colours in this exchange file? Well, these colours were sampled in RGB and should really remain in RGB to maintain their integrity. There are hues within this swatch collection that cannot be created in CMYK, so convert at your own risk.